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 By Nick Simonson    Recreation    June 27, 2022 

Our Outdoors: Sweating it

Two months ago today, it snowed and snowed and snowed; and it wasn’t just for a day, but for nearly four straight days that the skies remained gray under a stalled low-pressure system, where the...

 
 By Nick Simonson    Recreation    June 27, 2022 

Summer Speed

No other season seems to go by as quickly as summer. In these northern tiers, the warmth often feels like it's here and gone in a matter of days, as opposed the three months the seasonal calendar actu...

 

Our Outdoors: For reference

Atop the tank of the basement toilet, where any good publication of any sort rests in any household, sits a well-worn copy of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and...

 

Spring Moisture Rejuvenates Duck Rearing Areas

Aside from the physical appearance of prairie pothole sloughs filled to the brim with runoff from spring snow melt and rain, the ability of these engines of America's duck factory to support broods...

 

Our Outdoors: Smells Like Summer

For some, the scent of summer is that of hamburgers on the grill, floating into the evening air between houses and through yards, ringing the mental bell of Pavlov's dog in even the most civilized of...

 

"Once in a Generation" Wildlife Legislation Nears Vote in Congress

The Restoring America's Wildlife Act (House Resolution 2773, or "RAWA"), introduced in the United States Congress in 2021, is a bill designed to improve habitat for threatened and endangered species t...

 

Our Outdoors: Corner Compilation

In the turn of the creek so tiny I could step across it I saw the tell-tale sign that suggested brook trout were lurking along the cut. The fast water of the tiny flow rolling down from the small...

 

The Big Leagues

"That's why they say Montana is the big leagues of fly fishing." My brother's words stung like a spring training cut for the lifetime AAA baseball player that knew this was his last shot at the majors...

 

Our Outdoors: Spring Sing

Staring out over the glassy lake, the early morning was a symphony of spring, and like the trill of the redwing blackbirds coming from down the beach in the brush surrounding the high flowing creek, i...

 

The ND Deer Lottery, Part I: Influencers

With the lottery drawing deadline for the 2022 North Dakota firearms deer season fast approaching on June 8, many factors influence the set number of tags awarded through the state's online lottery...

 

Our Outdoors: Four Weeks

In good springs and bad, snowy ones and warm ones, no matter how the kids come out of the final day of competition in the USA High School Clay Target League's regular season, it's the four weeks in...

 

Our Outdoors: Here Comes the Sun(glasses)

It's been a long mix of chilly winter and underwhelming spring. Cold temperatures, snow, rain and general nastiness extending into May have built up a longing for the warmth of the later stretch of th...

 

As Red River Drops, Catfishing to Pick Up

With the drought of 2021 in the rearview mirror for the Red River valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, following significant spring snows and ample April rains, the challenging...

 

Our Outdoors: Gotta Catch 'Em All

On the Pokemon cartoon series, there's a character named Goh, whose ambition is simply to encounter and capture every single type of fighting creature in the Pokemon universe. From the grub-like...

 

Spring Programs Highlight Variety of Fishing Options

In an effort to provide anglers with more to fish for in North Dakota and encourage the use of expanding and varied fisheries resources, the North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F) has launche...

 

Our Outdoors: Great debates

In the outdoors, there are always points of contention among anglers, hunters and just about anyone else with an opinion on anything that swims, flies, or falls for a lure or decoy. I'm not talking...

 

The Texas Rig

When spring eventually arrives, and it will, the time for big bass will be upon us. Whether it's largemouth staking out the dark-bottomed shallows of a backwater bay for their ideal spawning site, or...

 

Our Outdoors: It's terminal

In the process of fishing, I’ve seen a good deal and done a lot of it. I’ve read a ton, watched some more, and through trial-and-error learned quite a bit, but most days it feels like it’s...

 

Our Outdoors: Hard Work

There's chilly, and then there's spring fishing on the Missouri River chilly. No matter how I've fished it in the past couple of years, that stretch in March and April when the walleyes start to move...

 

Our Outdoors: Headshakes and Eyerolls

In the depths of the cold channel, I felt my line slowly pull away from the bottom and gave a steady tug back on the jig below. The end of my rod bowed in a long arch as the heavy fish moved along as...

 

ANS Awareness Builds As Water Opens

Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) have become one of the biggest concerns facing the health of recreational fisheries throughout the country and throughout North Dakota. Whether it's the spread of zebra...

 

Our Outdoors: Working with the wind

“It’d be a great day…if it wasn’t for the wind.” If I had a nickel for every time I heard this, I’d have enough for a season’s worth of bait, but such is spring in the upper Midwest....

 

Spring Brings Varied Fishing Conditions, Regulation Changes

It's been said the only constant in this world is change, and with the shifting of the seasons, anglers prepare to make the transition from hardwater to running water in pursuit of walleyes, pike, and...

 

Our Outdoors: Get set for spring shooting sports

Spring is in the air, and if you get a whiff of it in the coming days, it likely will bear with it the scent of gunpowder. Across the country and the region, USA High School Clay Target Leagues are ki...

 

Our Outdoors: Turn of phrase

I’ve never been much for coincidences, believing that all things are connected, particularly those in the natural world. While luck, chance and odd occurrences do exist, everything happens for a...

 

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